Why You Need a Reading Plan

Why You Need a Reading Plan:

What Is a Reading Plan?

A reading plan is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than flitting about from random book to random book, you have a system — usually a list — for determining what you’ll read next. Whether that’s specific titles (all of Dickens’ works), or simply broader topics/genres (Civil War history), a reading plan guides your reading efforts and keeps you from stagnating or always choosing the path of least resistance (whatever is right in front of you, easiest, or most entertaining).

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re only reading those books, of course. At any given time, I’m probably reading 2-4 books, one of which is part of a larger plan I’m following (right now it’s biographies of US Presidents, in chronological order; before that, it was a deep dive in the Western genre). If you’re a one-book-at-a-time person, maybe every other book is just for fun, and every other is part of your plan.

(Via The Art of Manliness)

I hesitate to describe my reading as planned. I have “to read” lists and the unread purchases in my Kindle queues (yes, I have more than one). A number of bought works in various states of read populate iBooks and Kobo and Nook and straight up PDF,

This plan might not work for me, but it’s crazy enough that it might just work for you.

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Marathon Man

Marathon Man:

(Eliud Kipchoge) says in the (New York Times) piece:

Only the disciplined ones in life are free. If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods and your passions.

That rings so true to me.

(Via AVC)

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Beware the Earnest & the Echo

Funding Friday: The Reflection Ritual:

A friend of a friend is doing this project to make a workbook that can help us step back and take measure of our lives, what they are, and what we want them to be.

(Via AVC)

If this is your joy, embrace it. Nothing I write will change your mind.

Everyone else, beware the earnest.

Mr. Messner is earnest. Watch his video.

I have no reason to doubt his motivations and intentions. However, there is zero need for this product or Kickstarter.

We should take the actions he describes:

  • Reflect on the year
  • Reflect on the day
  • Contemplate the next year

We can do it in a ≤ $1 US notebook. There are many sites that can help to provide prompts:

Beware also the echo chamber that drives people to these “creators”, like Fred Wilson from AVC as quoted above. Again, I have no reason to doubt his motivations or intentions.

Nit Pick: One can only reflect on the past, so it is redundant to say, “Reflecting on the past year”. Also, one cannot reflect on something that hasn’t happened yet. “Reflecting on the coming year” requires a time machine. Contemplation is not tied to time, so perhaps Mr. Messner meant that?

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Stanisław Aronson

“If disaster comes, you will find that all the myths you once cherished are of no use to you. You will see what it is like to live in a society where morality has collapsed, causing all your assumptions and prejudices to crumble before your eyes. And after it’s all over, you will watch as, slowly but surely, these harshest of lessons are forgotten as the witnesses pass on and new myths take their place.”

(I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on)[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/05/survived-warsaw-ghetto-wartime-lessons-extremism-europe]

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And I can buy this poster where? https://twitter.com/chizutodesign/status/1040544499989045249 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DnDAwuXUYAEclFl.jpg
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Is “portrait mode” on iPhone cameras different than “portrait orientation”? I mean, if I take a picture in landscape orientation am I missing out on something?
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Mental Game

Baseball as a cerebral sport is a trope I enthusiastically embrace. I love it when both the strategy is executed and appropriate tactics are employed.
Case in point: the Hanshin Tigers versus the Yokohama BayStars today, 16 September 2018. From the get-go the Yokohama pitcher was nervous & high strung and the catcher could not settle him. The Tigers exhibited patience to an early 2 run lead. The BayStars tied, but Hanshin didn’t deviate from their strategy. One pitcher was replaced by another, equally nervous, hurler. Come the third inning, the Tigers’ strategy payed dividends. Tactically, every batter made the pitcher earn every pitch: there were comically few called strikes.
It was as if each batter mentally owned the pitcher upon arriving at the plate, and the pitcher aquiessed.
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ pitcher and catcher seemed like they were playing catch. The pace gave little time to Yokohama’s batters who seemed desperate to pull the ball the left field.
It’s 11 to 2 Tigers at the top of the 4th.
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Things like this may make Drafts 5 an exception to my “no subscription” policy www.rosemaryorchard.com

Drafts 5.4

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TIL “revenant” is an actual word and not just made up nonsense for the title of yet another a weird Leo DiCaprio movie
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